What does Wimbledon mean to you? For some it’s a celebration of the world’s finest tennis players, for others it’s an annual excuse to overindulge on Pimm’s and cream-slathered strawberries. For others, it’s just a great way to lob in some smashing* tennis puns.
So whether you’ve got tickets and are looking for somewhere to go beforehand (or backhand), or you’d just love a slice of tennis-themed afternoon tea, we’ve served up some options, however you choose to celebrate Wimbledon. Singing Cliff Richard songs under an umbrella optional.
1. The White Onion Book The White Onion
Featured in the Michelin Guide, The White Onion serves contemporary French cuisine in the heart of Wimbledon Village. Charmingly rustic, the regularly changing seasonal menu is joined by an impressive wine list.
2. Rock Star Sushi Bar Book Rock Star Sushi Bar
Featuring a dining area decked out with rock and roll paraphernalia, Rock Star Sushi Bar serves a famed selection of traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes. Signature sushi dishes lead the menu, which is joined by an array of sake, cocktails and Japanese beers.
3. Sticks’n’Sushi Book Sticks’n’Sushi
More popular than Henman Hill, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi is one of Wimbledon’s most cosmopolitan restaurants. Slick sushi, creative desserts and Nordic stylings make for a restaurant that’s cooler than Boris Becker himself. Perhaps inspired by watching an Andy Murray 5-setter, the ‘Mixed Emotions’ platter is a grand slam choice, packed with salmon ngiri, chicken meatballs, and Japanese potato salad amongst other delicacies.
4. Dog & Fox Book Dog and Fox
With vintage tennis rackets on the walls, there’s no getting away from the Dog and Fox’s location. As pubs near Wimbledon tennis go, it’s a proverbial drop shot from the action. Hand-cut Aberdeen Angus steak, slow-roasted venison hot pot and glorious Sunday roasts might make it tempting not to stroll down to Centre Court after all.
5. NYEAT Book NYEAT
NYEAT brings American flavours to diners looking for restaurants near Wimbledon tennis. Flavours from all across America can be found on the NYEAT menu, including whole Maine lobster, New Orleans jambalaya, a selection of gourmet burgers, and succulent 40-day aged steaks served with all the trimmings.
6. Buenos Aires Book Buenos Aires
Adding a touch of Latin America to proceedings, Buenos Aires is more Argentinian Pampas than it is Wimbledon Common. But once you’ve had your fill of 24-marinated steak and caramelised pork belly with sweet potato fries, Centre Court is just a hop, skip and overhead smash away. That’s if you haven’t got too distracted by the lengthy cocktail list.
7. San Lorenzo Book San Lorenzo
Doing its charming Italian thing since 1969, San Lorenzo is almost more of a Wimbledon institution than Sue Barker. Rustic favourites include pappardelle with wild boar and mushroom ragu, roasted guinea fowl with garlic, white wine and rosemary, and their classic handmade Romana-style pizzas.
8. The Lambourne Book The Lambourne
The AA Rosette-wielding Lambourne sits amidst the buzz of The Broadway. An open kitchen offers something to watch if rain stops play, and produces an impressive European menu, with game dishes set against 28-day aged steaks, and matched with an eclectic wine list.
9. GBK Book GBK
Serving up burgers without fault since 2001, GBK are meat masters. For pre or post-tennis feasting, a signature buffalo burger with truffle cheese fries and a peanut butter milkshake takes some beating. Throw in some craft beers and continental-style pavement seating, and it may just be the best spot in Wimbledon for hungry people-watchers.